Speaking where the bible speaks, and silent where the bible is silent.

Thou Shall Not Steal

 

Biblical Proof

Seemingly, most everyone wants something for nothing. This is why so many gamble in Las Vegas, why so many play the lottery, and why so many take chances on the stock markets. Everyone wants to get rich and enjoy the good life here on earth. Perhaps this is why Democrats elect those who give them the gifts of the selected rich, and why Republicans elect those who give them the gifts of the collective poor. No one wants to work for what they have anymore!

One of the greatest sins of Sodom and Gomcorrah was their wealth and leisure. They had much and shared little (Ezek 16:49). Today in America, the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities near about are prevalent. Everywhere you look you can see sin abound and God mocked. Homosexuals and lesbians are considered the norm and engage in all the same privileges as do law abiding, moral Christians enjoy. They are even given in marriage, something sit aside by God for one man and one woman.

God commanded man from the very beginning not to take what belongs to another person. God intended a man to work by the sweat of his brow in order to make a living (Gen 3:19). Society usually locks away those who steal and make them pay restitution. However, this is not the case for the vast majority.

As Christians, we should not and must not steal (Ex 20:15 f; Mt 19:18). This means we must gain our means the honest way and work for it. God doesn’t want evil money given to him (1 Tim 3:8). It is better to place one red cent in the coffer, and it be earned, than to put stolen billions there.

There is something called legal stealing. The word is called “Confiscating”. People will steal in various ways. Some steal another’s school work. Some steal another’s job. Some steal another’s identity. Some steal another’s talent, ideas, art, music, etc.  Some steal another man’s wife. Rich men steal your wages. Governments rob you with taxes. Thieves steal your purse. False teachers steal your time and your soul. Prostitutes and harlots steal your family. Don’t be coy when it comes to God. He knows what belongs to whom, and what lawfully belongs to another.

As the prophet Jeremiah reminds us, “As the partridge sits on eggs, and hatches them not; so he that gets riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the middle of his days, and at his end shall be a fool” (Jer 17:11). No matter how you steal, God forbids it. It was true in the beginning of time and it’s true today!

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